Welcome to Heavenly Socks Yarns!
Our shop on Lower Main Street
These lovely yarns are a sample of chunky yarns that are for sale for less than $10.00 and can quickly be made into one-skein gifts.
Chunky Yarns for Gift Knitting
It's hard to believe that another holiday season is upon us, but time marches on. This month, many of us will be thinking about making holiday gifts, and this is the month to come to the shop.
We have a lot of beautiful yarn for gift knitting in chunky weight (approximately 3.5 sts. per inch on a #10 needle) that you can knit up relatively quickly. We have many chunky yarns priced below $10.00 a skein, with just as many priced at $15.00 a skein, and chunky sale yarns priced at 40% off their original price. There are a lot of one-skein projects on Ravelry, and we have many models at the shop, with free patterns available.
If you enjoy holiday shopping right after Thanksgiving -- especially if you have visitors who would like to experience the local shops -- we will be offering 10% off EVERYTHING in the shop on Friday, November 27, Saturday, November 28 (Small Business Saturday) and Sunday, November 29.
We hope to see you this month. And as always, thank you for your support.
Burrow Shawl, knit in North Star Yarn
North Star Yarn: Burrow Shawl
We just love North Star, a new yarn by Berroco.
North Star is a bulky alpaca blend, dyed in a perfect neutral palette. It works up quickly on a big needle -- the label says a #10.5 but we like it on a #11 -- and is fabulous for making a cozy poncho, blanket or sweater, and accessories that weigh next to nothing.
We have a shop model made of North Star, so you can feel its fleece-like fabric. It is a triangular shawl called Burrow, and it's incredibly warm.
If you are interested in this pattern, you can download the pattern yourself for $6.00, or we can do it for you for the same price. However, it is included in Berroco's Booklet #362, which we sell for $9.00, and there are many lovely patterns included in the booklet that you may want to have as well. We sell North Star for $11.95 for a 109-yard ball. ($12.95 suggested retail price.)
We made this poncho because we were inspired by a customer who made a similar one. Her first, middle, maiden and married names all begin with "M," but it is also the sound you will make when you put this poncho on. It is so cozy and warm. We have the free pattern for you here at the shop. When you come to the shop and see it, you will just want to make it -- or something similar -- with this great yarn.
Chunky Alpaca Cowl knit in Malabrigo's Chunky
Chunky Malabrigo Yarn
We spent a few minutes eyeing all of our chunky yarn and making sure we had models for every yarn. So we quickly knit up The Brown Stitch's Chunky Alpaca Cowl. (These folks gave us the great Little Coffee Bean baby cardigan.)
We used Malabrigo's Chunky on a #10.5 needle and had fun choosing buttons! Malabrigo Chunky is a very soft, kettle-dyed yarn in beautiful saturated colors. The 100-gram, 100-yard hank retails for $11.95.
If you're looking for a quick and easy baby gift, our latest sample will fill the bill. Worked entirely in garter stitch, the striped Jolyon Cardigan is knit back and forth from the bottom up. The sleeves are knit flat and joined to the body, which is then shaped with raglan decreases. A little bit of seaming and a small button band, and you have a delightfully squishy little sweater.
The Jolyon Cardigan pattern is free on Ravelry, and is sized for babies to young children. Made with bulky yarn, it knits up quickly, and by using a self-striping yarn like Ella Rae Seasons, along with a solid like Vintage Chunky, you get the added bonus of watching the stripe sequence unfold. Make one for the little people in your life!
Molten Mama beads by Lisa Cooley
Molten Mama Beads
On Saturday, November 14, from 10 am-2 pm, we are excited to have Molten Mama at the shop offering beads for sale.
Molten Mama's Lisa Cooley has been making beads since 2007. Lampwork beadmaking is the process of melting glass at a torch and winding the molten glass around a steel rod. With a variety of techniques and styles, Molten Mama beads are known for their creative use of color and her intricate designs. You can work the smaller beads into your knitting creations, or use a large focal bead in your jewelry designs.
Maybe someday there will be a Department of Peace?
Veterans Day Promotion
On Wednesday, November 11, 10% of sales will go to Maine Veterans for Peace or any other non-partisan veterans' organization of the customer's choice. (Maine Veterans for Peace is a non-partisan, non-profit humanitarian and educational organization dedicated to the abolition of war.)
If you cannot make it to the shop on Wednesday, and would like to participate in this effort, please mention it to us on the preceding weekend and we will happily honor your request and veterans!
Knit-A-Thon organizer Sara Brand-New helps young knitter Brynne add a chevron section to her cape at the November 2014 Knit-A-Thon.
Knit the Community NewsFriday Evening Knitting Circle
Starting on November 6, the Knitting Circle is back, every first Friday of the month from 4-6:30 pm in the St. Margaret's Parish Library.Community Knit-A-Thon for Fuel Assistance
There will be a Community Knit-A-Thon from 8 am to 8 pm on Saturday, November 21, at St. Margaret's Church Library, to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Come for part or all. Bring a project or a desire to knit or have fun. Both the Knitting Circle and the Knit-A-Thon are open to all as a time for gathering to work on projects. Bring any type of handwork, and enjoy the company and the warmth of a cozy space. All fiber lovers are welcome, including crochet, spin and knit artists. Sponsor sheets are available here at the shop or visit St. Margaret's Knit the Community page.Three Little Kittens Project Still Seeks Mitten Donations
Please consider donating a pair of mittens to children in Waldo County. Clean, gently used, store-bought or handcrafted mittens are welcome. Hats and gloves or mittens for the men at the Re-Entry Center are also needed. Please drop them off (no submission form needed) at St. Margaret's Parish Office, 95 Court St., Belfast. For more information, contact Jillian Liversidge at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-653-1428, or phone Sara Brand-New at 978-325-0045.
The New Wave Quilt pattern from Elizabeth Hartman is a great way to feature some of your favorite prints, like these from Lizzy House and Heather Ross. The New Wave Quilt class will meet three Sundays, November 8, 15, and 22, 3-5 pm.
Classes at Fiddlehead Artisan Supply
This class will meet three Sundays: November 8, 15, and 22, 3-5 pm: The New Wave Quilt
Monday, December 7, from 6-8 pm: Foundation Paper Piecing
Thursday, November 5, 6-8 pm: Pajama Pants
Wednesday, November 11, 5-8 pm: The Laurel Dress
Thursday, December 3, 5:30-7:30 pm: The Elsie Apron
Small Project Sewing Classes
(great for learning to sew, and for simple gift ideas)
Thursday, November 5, 4-5:30 pm: Pillow Cases
Thursday, November 5, 6-8 pm: Pajama Pants
Thursday, November 12, 4-5:30 pm: Christmas Stockings
Thursday, November 12, 6-7:30 pm: Advent Calendars
Thursday, November 19, 4-5:30 pm: Throw Pillows
Thursday, November 19, 6-7:30 pm: Infinity Scarves
Wednesday, December 2, 4-5:30 pm: Pillowcases
Wednesday, December 2, 6-7:30 pm: Throw Pillows
Thursday, December 3, 5:30-7:30 pm: The Elsie Apron
Monday, December 7, 4-5:30 pm: Infinity Scarves
Monday, December 7, 6-8 pm: Foundation Paper Piecing
Wednesday, December 9, 4-5:30 pm: Zipper Pouches
Wednesday, December 9, 6-7:30 pm: Lined Handle Bags
Thursday, December 10, 4-5:30 pm: Christmas Stockings
Thursday, December 10, 6-7:30 pm: Bunting
No-Sew Craft Classes
Sunday, November 1, 5:30-7 pm: Fun with Glitter and Paper Straws
Monday, November 2, 5:30-7 pm: Crepe Paper Flowers: Beginning Projects
Wednesday, November 4, 5:30-7 pm: Felt Flowers and Succulents
Friday, November 6, 5:30-7 pm: Dreamcatchers
Sunday, November 8, 5:30-7 pm: Crepe Paper Flowers: Beginning Projects
Monday, November 9, 5:30-7 pm: Crepe Paper Flowers: Intermediate Projects
Friday, November 13, 5:30-7 pm: Fun with Foil and Personalized Stationery
Sunday, November 15, 5:30-7 pm: Dreamcatchers
Monday, November 16, 5:30-7 pm: Felt Flowers and Succulents
Wednesday, November 18, 5:30-7 pm: Fall and Thanksgiving Table Decor
Friday, November 20, 5:30-7 pm: Fun with Glitter and Paper Straws Sunday, November 22, 5:30-7 pm: Crepe Paper Flowers: Intermediate Projects
Monday, November 23, 5:30-7 pm: Fall and Thanksgiving Table Decor
Thursday, December 3, 4-5 pm: Clocks
For more information, visit Fiddlehead Artisan Supply's Classes page.
Wool and Sisal Bag: These beautiful bags are handmade in Kenya. These very sturdy bags are woven with wool and sisal. Bag measures 12 x 10 inches and the handle has a 19-inch drop.
Clearance Sale at Aina Moja
All through November, there will be a huge month-long inventory-blowout sale at Aina Moja (which means "one of a kind" in Kiswahili).
Aina Moja offers fairly traded, authentic African goods that support and promote sustainability. Baskets, bags, jewelry, clothing, housewares, gifts -- everything 40% off during the month of November (regularly priced items only).
Aina Moja is also getting ready to launch a new Web site. Get ready for a new year as they travel to Kenya and bring you new inventory and good news.
One-stop, thoughtful holiday shopping is a giving gift. Purchases support the efforts of Expanding Opportunities, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Aina Moja is located at 39 Main St., 1B, Belfast. For more information, visit Aina Moja or phone 207-930-8012.
Get Swept Away: Riptide to Play Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance
On Friday, November 6, join Belfast Flying Shoes for an evening of contra dancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church St. in Belfast. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a community dance called by Chrissy Fowler. The contra dance begins at 8 pm and runs till around 11 pm.
This month's contra dance caller is Belfast's own Chrissy Fowler. Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Chrissy will be Riptide. This Maine-based band features Alden Robinson on fiddle; Glen Loper on mandolin, tenor banjo and foot percussion; and Owen Marshall on guitar and harmonium. Riptide serves up the Franco-Celtic-American repertoire with a combination of sweetness and energy that is eminently listenable but really must be danced to be believed. Sound provided by Glen Loper.
West African drummer Jordan Messan Benissan
West African Drummer Jordan Messan Benissan to Perform at Belfast Free Library
On Tuesday, November 10, at 6:30 pm, West African drummer Jordan Messan Benissan will perform in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.
Benissan is a member of the Ewe People, and was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. He received his traditional music training from several West African master drummers. He has taught and performed for all levels, from elementary school through college level, and teaches at Colby College.
This presentation is hosted by Belfast Free Library and offered as a free Community Event in anticipation of the 29th annual Camden Conference: The New Africa, February 19 through 21. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit Camden Conference.org, e-mail email@example.com or phone 207-236-1034.
For more information about Belfast Free Library events, visit Belfast Free Library Programs.
Lite Brite glow sticks
The Glow Show: Another AAAH Event at Waterfall Arts
The third annual Glow Show returns to Waterfall Arts on Friday, November 13 from 7 to 10 pm. This event is an unique take on traditions from around the world that celebrate lighting up winter's darkness. The lower level of Waterfall Arts goes dark for the night, so guests can "ooo" and "ahh" their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine.
The most-loved parts of earlier Glow Shows will be included: a beverage bar of illuminated seltzer, sand drawing on a light table, a collaborative psychedelic mandala coloring under black light, and of course, more Lite Brites than you can shake a glow stick at.
New this year is an expanded Gallery of Glow Art which highlight event creator Bridget Matros' hidden illuminated worlds; backlit papercuttings; and the Dinosaur Playground, joined by black-light posters, lit dioramas and other works created by young local artists.
All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts' Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences.
You can order First Church Christmas wreaths at their holiday fair.
First Church Holiday Fair
The First Church in Belfast, UCC, corner of Spring and Court streets, will hold a holiday fair on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 am to 1 pm. Lunch can be purchased, including Don's Famous Fish Chowder. In addition to baked goods, crafts, plants, books, a Silent Auction, holiday items and a children's table, sittings for individual and group portraits will be available for $15.00. The fair will be the last chance to order First Church Christmas wreaths. Both entrances are handicapped-accessible. All are welcome. For more information, phone 207-338-2282.
Real men like tea!
Harvest Tea and Bake Sale
The Women of St. Margaret's will once again produce their magic at a Harvest Tea and Bake Sale to be held on Saturday, November 14 from 11 am to 2 pm in the Parish House at 95 Court St. All proceeds from the Tea and Bake Sale will benefit community outreach projects supported by the Women of St. Margaret's. Past beneficiaries have included the Greater Belfast Area Ministerium Food Cupboard and the Game Loft. The tea, at a cost of $12.00, includes a plate of sweet and savory goodies. New this year is a "youth rate" of $10.00, so bring your daughters, grand-daughters, nieces and their friends. Start a tradition with the younger generation.
The bake sale will include breads, rolls, cookies, and seasonal jams and jellies. There will also be a jewelry table with handcrafted and vintage items, and a silent auction. The tea presents a wonderful opportunity to gather with friends and loved ones to enjoy a time-honored tradition in a relaxed atmosphere, while at the same time doing some early holiday shopping. For more information, visit St. Margaret's Church, or phone 207-338-2412.
The Voyage, by Eric Leppanen
Belfast Co-op November Events
Old Paint New Life exhibit by local artist Eric Leppanen, Maine-born abstract "action" painter recycling paint to create "a constellation of effects in both precision and serendipity." On display in the Co-op Café through late November.
Round Up for Community Recipients
Senior Discount Day
Every Tuesday, Belfast Co-op customers 62 years young and up receive a discount upon informing the cashier of their eligibility. Co-op member-owners receive a 10% discount; non-member-owners 5%.
Food for Thought, Food for Life Screening + Panel
Tuesday, November 17, 7 pm, Colonial Theater, 163 High St., Belfast: New 20-minute film about the food system followed by a three-person panel, which will include farmer Eliot Coleman. Five-dollar suggested donation at the door. For more information about the film, visit Food for Thought, Food for Life. Co-sponsored with Maine Farmland Trust and Sustainable Harvest International.
Monthly Love LOCAL Day
Friday, November 20: Lunch special highlighting local ingredients, 10% off ALL Maine-made products all day. Featured Maine vendor will be Little Lad's.
Wine Tasting and Art Opening
Friday, November 20, 7-8 pm, Belfast Co-op Café, 123 High St.: Free wine sampling and art show opening for artist Carol Mathieu Fowler. Featured wines are 10% off during the tasting.
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 26.
For more information about Belfast Co-op events, please visit Belfast Co-op.
Troy, midcoast Maine's friendly UPS man
Our Shipping Policy
Even though our Web site is not designed with a shopping cart, we will happily ship anything to you.
At this time, we only ask for the exact cost of the shipping; there is no handling charge.
By the way, the man in the photo is our well-loved UPS deliveryman. He is always smiling and happy, even when hauling heavy boxes down the stairs. (He must be a secret wannabe knitter.)
Inside our shop, with yarn lovers examining a tempting skein.